General information

Subject type: Mandatory

Coordinator: Esther Wall Gimeno

Trimester: Third term

Credits: 8

Teaching staff: 

Ishar Dalmau Santamaria
Esther Wall Gimeno 

Teaching languages

  • Catalan
  • Spanish
  • English


Basic skills
  • B2_That students know how to apply their knowledge to their job or vocation in a professional way and have the skills that are usually demonstrated by developing and defending arguments and solving problems within their area of ​​study


  • B3_That students have the ability to gather and interpret relevant data (usually within their area of ​​study), to make judgments that incorporate a reflection on relevant social, scientific and ethical issues


Specific skills
  • E4_To acquire the appropriate clinical experience that provides intellectual abilities and technical and manual skills, that facilitates the incorporation of ethical and professional values, and that develops the capacity of integration of the acquired knowledge, so that, at the end of the studies , students know how to apply both to specific clinical cases in the hospital and outpatient setting, as well as actions in primary and community care


  • E7_Design the physiotherapy intervention plan according to the criteria of adequacy, validity and efficiency


  • E8_Execute, direct and coordinate the physiotherapy intervention plan, using its own therapeutic tools and taking into account the individuality of the user


  • E10_Prepare the discharge report for physiotherapy care once the proposed objectives have been met


  • E14_Incorporate the ethical and legal principles of the profession into professional practice, as well as integrate social and community aspects into decision-making


  • E15_Participate in the development of physiotherapy care protocols based on scientific evidence, encouraging professional activities that stimulate research in physiotherapy


  • E16_Ability to carry out physiotherapeutic interventions based on comprehensive health care that involves multiprofessional cooperation, integration of processes and continuity of care


  • E17_Understand the importance of updating the knowledge, skills and abilities and attitudes that make up the professional competencies of the physiotherapist


  • E18_Acquire clinical management skills that include the efficient use of health resources and develop activities of planning, management and control of care units where care is given in physiotherapy and its relationship with other health services


  • E19_Know how to communicate effectively and clearly, both orally and in writing, with users of the healthcare system, as well as with other professionals


  • E20_Identify the structural, physiological and biomechanical factors that condition the practice of physical activity and sport

Transversal competences
  • T1_Acquire the ability to communicate in a foreign language and work in an international context


  • T2_Demonstrate ability to organize and plan


  • T3_The student must be able to develop skills in interpersonal relationships and be able to work within an intra and interdisciplinary team



The Final Degree Project is conceived as the culmination, by the student, of a process of development of competences of the methodology of the intellectual work, of specialized reading, of integral application of different areas of the knowledge and of the expressive mastery of oral and written academic discourse.  

This subject involves the student carrying out a research project, a systematic review or a study on a topic of relevance in any of the specialties of physiotherapy. In the elaboration of the TFG the student will apply, integrate and develop the knowledge, capacities, competitions and abilities acquired in the rest of the subjects of the Degree of Physiotherapy. The TFG concludes with the presentation of a written report and the approval and public defense before a court as established in Royal Decree RD 1393/2007 of 29 October on the organization of official university education.

This subject follows the guidelines of the Regulations governing End of Degree Work approved by the Governing Council of the UPF on March 2, 2011 and subsequent modifications, the last of May 2020.

The organization of the TFG is the responsibility of the TFG commission formed by the coordinator of the same and 3 vocal members, professors of the TecnoCampus. This one is in charge to assign the relation of professors directors and subjects of TFG, as well as to give seminars, to organize the courts, schedules and to communicate the qualifications to the students.



Learning outcomes

In the process of elaborating the report of TFG and defense before court the student will have to show to have acquired the results of learning of the different subjects of the Degree of Physiotherapy cursadas in previous courses: Of specific form the student / a must be able to perform autonomously,

  • Incorporating new technologies for obtaining records and processing information and images in physiotherapy: formulating projects that integrate the various operations.
  • Use specific terminology in English related to technology, information and statistics applied to physiotherapy: data tables, graphs, diagrams, procedures, protocols, ...
  • Develop a research project focused on treatment and / or prevention through physiotherapy.
  •  Apply the scientific method to the various fields of physiotherapy: methodological design, records, databases and statistical analysis.
  • Understand substantial problems in physiotherapy and propose hypotheses to design the methodological strategy for their scientific demonstration, which would lead to the best resolution of the problems identified.

Working methodology

This subject is based on project-oriented learning through the learning contract with the student. The subject is therefore structured in tutorials and seminars (face-to-face/online) and in the enhancement of the student's study and independent work, both individually and in groups.

                         Training activity                         


Individual tutorials and seminars


Study individual work





The specific contents of the Final Degree Thesis (TFG) are established according to the topic and modality (project, systematic review or study) that the student chooses. So that these allow each student to prepare a research paper that provides answers to new knowledge in any of the specialties of physiotherapy. In the subject's virtual classroom you will find the general guide and the scripts (appendices) with the instructions for preparing the TFG according to modality.

The directors of TFG, through tutorials, will guide the student in learning the scientific method on which the knowledge of physiotherapy based on scientific evidence is developed.

All students will be given, through face-to-face and/or online seminars, topics related to the different phases of preparing a research paper in physiotherapy.

  • Operation and regulations TFG
  • Sources of information and bibliographic search (BDD)
  • Bibliographic citation styles and bibliographic reference managers
  • Scientific method. Phases of the research process. Study designs in health sciences
  • Systematic reviews
  • Statistical tools for research
  • Oral and written communication of a thesis
  • Ethical aspects of research in Physiotherapy

Learning activities

Each student will be assigned a director by the TFG committee, with whom one will be established learning contract. Through the of tutorials the principal attends, facilitates and guides one or more students with the aim that each student develops a TFG following the scientific method, with academic roughness and according to the most current knowledge in each of the specialties in physiotherapy. 

In addition, they will be performed seminars face-to-face/online of monographic sessions that will give them tools for the elaboration of the TFG.

Evaluation system

The evaluation system has a formative component that consists in part of the evaluation carried out by the TFG director of the written report. Different evidence of the student's learning and improvement process will be collected through tutoring, monitoring seminars and handing over documents (initial TFG and final TFG) to the director, both in person and online. On the other hand, the written report will be evaluated externally by the members of the court, who will also evaluate the oral defense of the TFG, as indicated by RD 1393/2007 of October 29.   

The members of the court and director will be appointed by the TFG commission as established in the TFG regulation of the UPF and the ESCT.  

The following table summarizes the evaluation activities and the weighting of each of them in the calculation of the final grade of TFG.  

It is a necessary condition, in order to proceed to the defense phase of the TFG, that the student has a minimum grade of 5/10 in the final TFG evaluation (Director + Court). Once the final TFG has been evaluated, the student will be notified if she is SUITABLE or NOT SUITABLE to defend the TFG.

Evaluation activity


Assessed skills

Tutorials (TFG Director)


CB3, CT1, CT2, CT3, CE 4, CE7, CE8, CE10, CE14, CE15, CE16, CE17, CE18, CE19, CE20

Initial TFG (Director of TFG)


CB2, CB3, CT1, CT2, CT3, CE 4, CE7, CE8, CE10, CE14, CE15, CE16, CE17, CE18, CE19, CE20

Final TFG (Director + Court)


CB2, CB3, CT1, CT2, CT3, CE 4, CE7, CE8, CE10, CE14, CE15, CE16, CE17, CE18, CE19, CE20

TFG Defense (TFG Court)


CB2, CB3, CT1, CT2, CT3, CE 4, CE7, CE8, CE10, CE14, CE15, CE16, CE17, CE18, CE19, CE20


The Final Degree Thesis subject is approved with a 5/10, the essential requirement being to obtain a minimum of 5/10 in the evaluation of the final TFG report and the defense.


It is very important that you answer the TFG subject satisfaction survey. It is a completely anonymous survey. You will help us to improve the quality of the direction and management of TFG. So remember that when delivering the final report, it is necessary to answer it.



If the student does not pass the minimum criteria necessary to average the assessment activities, as set out in the previous paragraph, the subject will be suspended. If the grade of the Final Report assigned by the director does not reach 5/10, the student will not be able to proceed to the defense phase of the TFG. The final thesis subject is approved with a 5/10, the essential requirement being to obtain a minimum of 5/10 in the evaluation of the final TFG report (both by the director and the court) and of the defense

On the other hand, it will only be possible to recover if the Final Report and/or Defense of the TFG has been suspended, and in this case it will only be necessary to recover the part(s) not passed. If the grade is Not Presented, you will not be able to opt for recovery, in accordance with the Academic Regulations for undergraduate courses at Pompeu Fabra University. The rest of the grades (tutorials and initial TFG) maintain their weighting and are not liable to be recovered.

Evaluation activity


Assessed skills

Final TFG (Director + Court)


CB2, CB3, CT1, CT2, CT3, CE 4, CE7, CE8, CE10, CE14, CE15, CE16, CE17, CE18, CE19, CE20

TFG Defense (TFG Court)


CB2, CB3, CT1, CT2, CT3, CE 4, CE7, CE8, CE10, CE14, CE15, CE16, CE17, CE18, CE19, CE20


The Qualification System follows RD 1125/2003, of 5 September, which establishes the European credit system and the qualification system for university degrees of an official nature and valid throughout the state:

  • 0 - 4,9: Suspended
  • 5,0 - 6,9: Approved
  • 7,0 - 8,9: Notable
  • 9,0 - 10: Excellent

The total or partial copy in any of the learning activities will mean a "Not Presented" in the subject, without option to present in the proof of recovery and without prejudice of the opening of a file for this reason.


All the evaluation activities will have specific dates for completion and delivery, which will be communicated to the student at the beginning of the course through the Schedule.



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Thomas, JR, Nelson, JK, & Mata, MJ (2007). Research methods in physical activity. Paidotribo.

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